These days, building an app is probably on the mind of almost every IT savvy person, business user, and even professional developer in their spare time. Most people have dreamt of building an app that will take the IT world by storm or at least an app for personal use. Back in the days, this trend of thought was almost non-existent because building an app required lots of development skills, time, and money. But as of today, those barriers have been broken down and the dreams are not far-fetched as it is now possible to build an app with no coding, close to no time, and even with no budget at all.
To build web apps without coding has been made possible with the surfacing of the infamous Rapid Application Development methodology and no-code platforms where you can build apps using block-based coding (drag-and-drop of blocks) and completely ignore text-based coding. This methodology allows you to build applications without coding.
We are going to present you with 3 easy steps on how to build a web application from scratch which entails no coding:
Step 1. Planning
Planning is important in any project you want to start, more so when you want to build a web application. First, you need to decide which type of application you want to build. A web app is an application that can be accessed through browsers like Safari or Chrome and runs on a cloud. Web apps can’t be downloaded via app stores. There are several types of web apps:
Progressive Web Applications (PWA) are web apps that use modern web capabilities to deliver an app-like experience to users. But they can be accessed, deployed to servers, and indexed by the search engines.
Once you have chosen the type of web app you want to build, you need to decide what features will be in the app and their functions will be. When this is all done, it is time to start building.
Step 2. Building
To start building a web app you will first need to choose the platform you shall use. This is an important decision because it will determine the features of your app. You will need to use a rapid application development tool or a no-code web application builder. Here are some of the best no-code programming platforms you can choose from:
Codejig App builder: This is one of the best cloud-based app development platforms that provides custom solutions to take care of the specific needs of your business. It is incredibly powerful and easy to use. You can design, build, deploy and manage custom business apps without coding.
DevHub: This is a point-and-click solution for building your web app which can be monetized from day one. It has customizable themes that will make your app unique. This platform is perfect for those who have no coding experience but want to create a web app. The storage is unlimited. On this platform, you can create Franchise sites, Multisite Platforms, reverse Proxy and Microsites.
Bubble: This is a platform that will let you build a fully functional web app without any code. Its main focus is to make programming easy using visual programming. Bubble allows you to build apps by dragging and dropping page elements like texts, maps, videos, buttons, etc.
Ning: Ning lets you create a social network in no time that is dedicated to a subject of your choice. It offers a variety of customization tools and useful features. Create your unique visual design, generate great content, and build trust.
WaveMaker: With WaveMaker you can use a cloud-based and a desktop version that gives you the option to drag-and-drop items to create apps without coding. This platform lets users apply visual development approach to building apps rapidly.
When the platform is chosen, you can start building. RAD tools let you test, iterate, and make changes to your app when needed with little or no effort. Also, the coding skills, time, and cost are significantly reduced when compared to hiring a professional developer. You are able to build prototypes and distribute them among your friends or use them yourself to review and identify bugs. Reviews are used to modify the app until it is ready for use.
Step 3. Deploying and Using
Unlike with the classic way of app development, apps created on no-code platforms are easy to deploy and use. Some of the users will not find it difficult to use the app because they had already seen and reviewed the prototype. Updating and making changes to the app can be done with ease.
It is difficult (if not impossible) these days to launch an app without knowing how to code and using the classical method of programming and it is also expensive to hire someone who does. Luckily, there are many platforms that let you build apps without coding experience. Do not let your lack of coding skills hold you back.